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First name:  Eddie

Last name:  Smith

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Reporter
  • Media outlet:  BBC
  • Type of media:  radio
  • Born:  Sierra Leone

  • Died:  13 April 1998 Sierra Leone
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? no
  • Impunity: total

Killed when the ECOMOG peacekeeping force convoy he was travelling with was attacked by rebels.

  • Sierra Leone - 1991-2002: Civil war
  • Civil war erupted in Sierra Leone in 1991 as an extension of the one in neighbouring Liberia and motivated by a battle for control of the country’s diamond resources. Fighting lasted for a decade and killed tens of thousands of people. The rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) forces committed countless atrocities among the civilian population. The war ended on 18 January 2002 with the symbolic destruction of 3,000 light weapons.

  • Worked for independent paper Vision and edited The Storm newspaper

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